About Ali

This is the obligatory About Me section. I don't want to update this basically ever, so I'm going to try to post things that are and always will be true. (haha, I laugh as I update it...)

My name is Alison. I was born in 1983. My eyes and my favorite color are both blue. I love my family, hockey, and Star Wars. Hockey = ice hockey, the other kinds don't count because I grew up in and still live in the state of hockey, Minnesota. I have a BA in Asian Studies and studied abroad in China in 2002.

For years I worked as an academic technologist in higher ed but I left that all behind in 2017 to write (and parent) full-time. My first novel comes out in fall 2020. Check out the Teammates Series section of this page for more information.

I have two daughters with my husband as well as a partner/girlfriend/fiancé who has her daughter with us half-time. Yes, we all live together in our love-filled poly house. We have also three cats and a dog.

I have an anxiety disorder and often refer to it by the personification of the thought monkey. My understanding of this disorder is always evolving. I did a TEDx talk about anxiety and panic attacks in 2013.

I made my first website on Geocities back in the stone age. There were animated gifs and everything. The 90s were pretty awesome. Unless you were born in them, in which case, get off my lawn (just kidding, I love "90s kids", they make me feel old like a really big sister or babysitter or something).

That's some stuff about me. Feel free to comment on the blog to ask questions and get to know me better. Also please do follow me or share my stuff!


  1. Hey Allison!

    You have a cool blog and terrific posts! Definitely going to follow and sign up for emails. Heck, you love hockey and star wars? You sound like the perfect woman!

    Thanks for dropping by my blog!


  2. Hey, Just watched you TEDx video. truly amazing.

  3. My husband has been trying to learn everything he can about anxiety disorder/panic attacks in order to better understand what I go through on a regular basis, and in turn try to help be more supportive and helpful. He found your video about it, and told me. I just watched it. I knew I wasn't alone, but there's not many people around me who understand it. Needless to say, I made a good pile of tissues while watching the video. I never realized there was so many people suffering from this. I am going to fight this. I don't know how, but I will. Thank you.

  4. Thank you for your Tedx video. My daughter who is 16 now has had panic attacks since 2nd grade, maybe sooner since I was not quite so open minded in my youth. I have made my life's work to try and understand and help my daughter in everything she goes through and her daily work to be that horrible word "normal". I appreciate you sharing what you go through in your talk. Thank you.